Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Departmental Requirements
Lower Division (100 and 200-level)
C J 101GIntroduction to Criminal Justice3
C J 205Criminal Law3
Upper-Division (300 and 400-level) 1
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3
Introduction to Criminal Justice Research3
Political Research Skills3
Experimental Methods4
Social Research: Methods3
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Advanced Research Methods (or any statistics class)3
Crime, Justice and Society3
Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice3
One course from the following:3
Introduction to Criminological Theory3
Historical Perspectives of Criminal Justice Systems3
Race, Crime and Justice3
Criminal Justice Electives
Select 12 credits from upper division Criminal Justice Electives. 212
Nondepartmental Requirements
Select one of the following:4-14
Second Language Requirement (see below)
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Select two Viewing a Wider World courses 36
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
Upper division Philosophy course
MATH 121GCollege Algebra 33
or STAT 251G Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Select two from the following:6
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
General Electives
Select sufficient credits to bring the total credits to 120, including 48 upper-division credits. 451
Total Credits110-120

Prior to enrolling in upper division courses, lower division courses must be completed or final courses must be in progress.


Not to include C J 393 Internship in Criminal Justice, or any criminal justice required course. Courses that fall under multiple content areas may only be counted once. Please visit our website for specific courses in each of these content areas


Or higher than Math 121G, excluding MATH 210G Mathematics Appreciation, or higher than STAT 251G.


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A student must earn a C- or better to receive credit for any departmental and nondepartmental requirement for the BC J degrees.

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Criminal Justice with a major in Criminal Justice there is a two year second language requirement (or the completion of MATH 191G), the student must do one of the following:

Option 1:

Complete one of the following sequences:
CHIN 111
CHIN 112
CHIN 211
CHIN 212
Elementary Chinese I
and Elementary Chinese II
and Intermediate Chinese I
and Intermediate Chinese II
FREN 111
FREN 112
FREN 211
FREN 212
Elementary French I
and Elementary French II
and Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
GER 111
GER 112
GER 211
GER 212
Elementary German I
and Elementary German II
and Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
JPNS 111
JPNS 112
JPNS 211
JPNS 212
Elementary Japanese I
and Elementary Japanese II
and Intermediate Japanese I
and Intermediate Japanese II
SPAN 111
SPAN 112
SPAN 211
SPAN 212
Elementary Spanish I
and Elementary Spanish II
and Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
PORT 213
PORT 214
Portuguese for Romance Language Students I
and Portuguese for Romance Language Students II
For Heritage Speakers:
SPAN 113
SPAN 213
SPAN 214
Spanish for Heritage Learners I
and Spanish for Heritage Learners II
and Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 2:

Complete two semesters of American Sign Language (with a C- or better):
C D 374American Sign Language I3
C D 375American Sign Language II3
C D 476American Sign Language III3

Option 3:

Challenge the 212 level for the following courses:
CHIN 212Intermediate Chinese II3
or FREN 212 Intermediate French II
or GER 212 Intermediate German II
or JPNS 212 Intermediate Japanese II
or SPAN 212 Intermediate Spanish II
Challenge the 214 level for the following courses:
PORT 214Portuguese for Romance Language Students II3
or SPAN 214 Spanish for Heritage Learners III

Option 4:

Pass a three-credit, upper-division course (numbered 300 or above) taught in a second language by the department of Languages and Linguistics.

Option 5:

Obtain college certification of completion of three years of a second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher in the second-year level.

Option 6:

By obtaining certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director.

Option 7:

By obtaining, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at NMSU.

Option 8:

In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam admission, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement.